Leinster face back-to-back Toulon fixtures while Munster also set for difficult Christmas assignment
Munster, Leinster and Ulster were dealt difficult Christmas fixtures after the schedule for the Champions Cup was announced today.
Leinster will face champions Toulon in the December double header, while Anthony Foley's side will face familiar foes Leicester Tigers during the same period. Another European heavyweight, Toulouse, will take on Ulster home and away during the crucial festive fixtures.
the three-time European champions will travel to the Stade Mayol in round three with the return game in Dublin the following Saturday, most likely at the Aviva Stadium.
They will open their campaign at home to Wasps on Saturday November 15, before travelling away to Bath the following Saturday. After the Christmas assignment they will host Bath in round five and finish the pool stage away to Wasps.
Munster get their campaign underway at home to Treviso before travelling to Top 14 champions Stade Francais the following Sunday afternoon.
The Christmas double-header will see the Tigers travel to Thomond Park on Saturday December 12, with the return fixture a Sunday evening kick-off in Welford Road.
Their Pool 4 campaign will conclude at home to Stade and finally a visit to Treviso.
Ulster begin away away to French newcomers Oyonnax at 1pm Irish time on Saturday November 14, before hosting Saracens the following Friday night.
The 1999 European champions then host French kingpins Toulouse Kingspan Stadium on Friday December 11, before the return game the following Sunday afternoon.
They finish with a visit to Saracens and a home tie against Oyonnax.
Sky Sports live European Rugby fixtures over the first four rounds:
European Ruby Champions Cup:
Oyonnax v Ulster Sat 14 Nov 1pm
Racing Metro v Glasgow Warriors Sat 14 Nov 3.15pm
Saracens v Toulouse Sat 14 Nov 5.15pm
Munster v Treviso Sat 14 Nov 5.15pm
Ospreys v Exeter Chiefs Sun 15 Nov 5.15pm
Treviso v Leicester Tigers Sat 21 Nov 1pm
Glasgow Warriors v Northampton Saints Sat 21 Nov 5.15pm
Scarlets v Racing Metro Sat 21 Nov 5.15pm
Clermont Auvergne v Ospreys Sun 22Nov 1pm
Stade Français v Munster Sun 22 Nov 3.15pm
Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets Sat 12 Dec 1pm
Exeter Chiefs v Clermont Auvergne Sat 12 Dec 5.15pm
Ospreys v Bordeaux Bègles Sat 12 Dec 5.15pm
Oyonnax v Saracens Sun 13 Dec 1pm
Toulon v Leinster Sun 13 Dec 3.15pm
Saracens v Oyonnax Sat 19 Dec 1pm
Leinster v Toulon Sat 19 Dec 5.15pm
Bordeaux Bègles v Ospreys Sat 19 Dec 5.15pm
Toulouse v Ulster Sun 20 Dec 1pm
Clermont Auvergne v Exeter Chiefs Sun 20 Dec 3.15pm
European Rugby Challenge Cup:
Harlequins v Montpellier Thu 12 Nov 7.45pm
Dragons v Sale Sharks Sun 15 Nov 3.15pm
Cardiff Blues v Harlequins Thu 19 Nov 7.45m
Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Thu 10 Dec 7.45pm
Gloucester v Worcester Warriors Thu 17 Dec 7.45pm